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Old brewing recipes

Post: # 221304Post stargazer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:19 pm

Fancy a glass of Witches Delight?
According to the legends, this was made the women of Roughlee, Lancashire, to keep away evil spirits.

Take 4 oz. of mistletoe herb, 4 oz. wood betony, 4 oz. valerian and 4 oz. of motherwort.
Take 3 gallons of water, 6 lb. of sugar, 2 lb. chopped raisins and boil together for one and a half hours.
When lukewarm pour this liquor over the herbs and add a little honey. Then add the yeast and let it do its groovy thing for a week. Strain well and bottle, fit the corks loosely. After one week, hammer down the corks and leave for one month.

According to my book " A wineglassful of this vintage three times a day will buck you up and act like a charm."
I haven't had a chance to make this brew (yet) and it is quite an old book so read up on the ingredients first before you make it, it looks like this would be powerful stuff!

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Post: # 221317Post gregorach
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:20 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure that I'd want to be the first to try that one...
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Post: # 221319Post Green Aura
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Mmm, mistletoe is poisonous isn't it?

And valerian is a powerful sedative - maybe that's how the kept away evil spirits, by knocking them out :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post: # 221329Post jim
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:32 pm

Dear Green Aura,
Mmm, mistletoe is poisonous isn't it?
And, from what I've heard, an hallucinogen too! Mind the pink elephants!

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Post: # 221333Post oldjerry
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:47 pm

Long -term it's probably no worse for you than some of that sh--e lager they sell in my local.(And you won't be paying any tax!!).

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Post: # 221414Post stargazer
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:35 am

I know, it does sound a bit dodgy!! I bought mistletoe herb in the brewing / health food shop near my dads so it can't be to bad, cost a whole 35p. I'm going to make this, will let people know the effects, if i survive :icon_smile: :shaking: :pukeright:

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Post: # 222115Post supergenius
Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:00 am

I think it's mainly the mistletoe berries that are poisonous, although i suppose the whole plant will contain some of the toxins. but then again, most toxins have a beneficial effect in the right dose!!

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Post: # 222489Post Andy Hamilton
Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:36 am

Mistletoe has been used in cancer treatment and the celts used to use it for protection (what ever that means), but brewing hmm not sure? I would certainly at the very least phone up a local herbalist and ask their opinion. Central Scotland - Napierwould be a good one to try.
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Post: # 233219Post stargazer
Thu May 26, 2011 4:26 pm

That is the ingredients ordered, oblivion is on the way.

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Post: # 236393Post troutrunner
Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:19 pm

stargazer wrote:That is the ingredients ordered, oblivion is on the way.
Any news :icon_smile:

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Post: # 236492Post MKG
Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:11 pm

Betony is reputed to be a treatment for drunkenness. Ironic to find it in home made plonk.

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Post: # 252207Post stargazer
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:36 pm

I have made it at last!! Smells very herbal and nice and knocks your socks off!! I haven't left it for a month yet, think it might be a killer once it has matured. On the other hand, my wee dog (age 16) has an enlarged heart and as both mistletoe herb and the motherwort are good for hearts I gave him a little bit when it was half brewed and still sweet. He went very frisky and demanded to go for a walk! it hasn't made me frisky though :icon_smile:

Yes, feeling weird now, buzzy head and weird throat, that was after about 2 tablespoons of it

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Post: # 252476Post Stonehead
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:26 pm

I've made some interesting old brews over the years, albeit not the medicinal ones. Nettle ale has quite soporific qualities, as anyone who's come to one of our barbecues will know. Mangel ale is fairly good according to the OH, who's my resident expert on ale. Treacle ale is an acquired taste. Elderberry wine is very good—like a well aged port. Spiced potato wine verges on lethal. Parsnip wine leaves people cross-eyed. Liquorice vodka blackens the tongue and anything more than a couple of small shots has rather dire laxative effects…

But I always find myself going back to scrumpy. Oo-arr.
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Post: # 252499Post dan-dan
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:33 pm

Stonehead.... MORE, MORE ;o)))

Details needed for Spiced potato & Parsnip :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin:

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Post: # 252500Post Stonehead
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:39 pm

dan-dan wrote:Stonehead.... MORE, MORE ;o)))

Details needed for Spiced potato & Parsnip :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin:

Barry :hugish:
Many of them are on my blog. I'm gradually working may through the old posts to build an index of recipes, making them easier to find. The index, for all recipes and not just booze, can be found at:

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